4th Grader Shames School Board On Standardized Testing And Receives A Standing Ovation

Mar 30, 2015
Sydney Smoot, a fourth grader at Brooksville Elementary school in Florida, is on her way to a career in public speaking. Although it is not clear what direction her speaking may take in the future, right now she is a fit for educational advocacy. Sydney chose to speak to her local school board regarding Florida's mandated standardized tests. The young girl came home from school on a testing day and after her mother asked her about her day, she felt guilty that she could not answer.

In Florida, all students are asked to sign a paper stating they won't share information about the test with anyone, not even their parents. This fourth grader felt this was unfair and after talking with her mom, decided to speak out about it. She started by writing down her frustrations and feelings, and then, with help from her mom, crafted a speech. Sydney does not believe that one test should define a student as either a success or failure.
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